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By Omair Alavi
Nearly everyone wants to cast an established actor when making a film; ‘nearly’ because there are a few directors who don’t believe in casting known faces. These directors don’t know at first but they are real star makers in our industry. They do what their gut tells them and they manage to do it successfully as well. The top 10 instances of a director casting either newcomers or someone who hasn’t played the main lead with a newcomer will show that Pakistan has had some of the best directors who have defied the odds and delivered a pair that went onto do well.
Nadeem – Shabana (Chakori, 1967)
He was a part time singer on PTV, she was a former child actress; together they became the hit pair when they were cast together by director Ehtisham. The film celebrated its Platinum Jubilee and all the songs composed by Robin Ghosh went onto become hits. The lead pair continued to act till Aandhi(1991) after which Shabana bade farewell to films; Nadeem sahib continues to act on TV and films and will celebrate his 50 years next year!
Ghulam Mohiuddin – Babra (Mera Naam Hai Mohabbat, 1975)
Ghulam Mohiuddin was an upcoming TV actor when he was approached for his first film; Babra Sharif was selected as his lady love, even though she had done a couple of films and a few TV appearances (including one TV commercial). This was her first lead role and she grabbed the chance and loosened her grip 2 decades later. The songs in this Shabab Keranvi flick were mostly sung by Mehdi Hassan and all became chartbusters; the tragic end of the movie ensured that it did well at the Box Office.
Armaan – Aarzoo – Ayaaz (Nahin Abhi Nahin, 1981)
Director Nazrul Islam introduced 3 people through this film – Armaan went onto become Faisal, Aarzoo became Naz and Ayaaz became Ayaaz Naik. The guys had a wonderful film career before they migrated to TV and unlike Ayaaz who was in demand till 90s, Faisal still rules the small screen. The story of the film however revolved around three students, one of whom gets attracted to an elderly woman played by Shabnam. The songs were so brilliant that even today, they seem dated!
Shaan – Reema (Bulandi, 1990)
Director Javed Fazil paired Neelo and Riaz Shahid’s son Armaghan with the stunning Reema and named the hero Shaan for some reason; today Shaan is one of the biggest if not the biggest super star in the country and the media loves Reema who has relocated to America after marriage but continues to be an excellent ambassador of her country. The film where they were introduced did well as it also had a backup plan in Nadeem and Samina Peerzada; it remained one of the best films the pair did till they appeared in Sangeeta’s Nikaah in the late 90s.
Babar Ali – Resham (Jeeva, 1995)
The film industry was at its worst when Syed Noor decided to become a director and after a couple of films, he introduced Babar Ali and Resham in Jeeva. While Babar was enjoying success on TV, Resham was fresh faced and strikingly beautiful. Add some of the best songs produced in the era and the screen writer turned director had a winner on his hands. Both the actors are still in demand although the demand might not be that huge after 20 years in the business.
Adnan Sami – Zeba Bakhtiar (Sargam, 1995)
It was Syed Noor who convinced music composer Adnan Sami Khan to act in the film he was composing songs for; he also introduced Zeba Bakhtiar to Pakistani audience after she had appeared in a handful of Indian films since Henna. The result was a brilliant musical flick the songs of which are still popular; Adnan and Zeba got married and they are now proud grandparents and while the marriage didn’t last long, they are still active on the circuit. He is now an Indian citizen who occasionally sings for films while she continues to act in TV and films.
Fawad Khan – Iman Ali (Khuda Kay Liye, 2007)
The whole world seems to be gaga over Fawad Khan these days but it was Shoaib Mansoor who chose him for his debut flick Khuda Kay Liye nearly 10 years back. The leading lady was played by Iman Ali who had proved her credentials on TV. Together they created magic on the screen and although Shaan outshone all with his acting prowess, Pakistani cinema gave the world 2 film stars the whole world respects. As for the songs, they were all way ahead of their times!
Atif Aslam – Mahira Khan (Bol, 2011)
On one hand there was a VJ turned actress and on the other a successful playback singer who was dabbling at acting; Atif Aslam and Mahira Khan were secondary to the main concept of Bol but Shoaib Mansoor marketed the whole film around them. The songs were brilliant and although Atif didn’t act afterwards, he continues to make a name for his country wherever he goes. As for Mahira, she has become a star and will be seen opposite Shah Rukh Khan next year in Raees.
Fahad Mustafa – Mehwish Hayat (Na Maloom Afraad, 2013)
They weren’t paired together in the film but Na Maloom Afraad can be termed as a launchpad for the bigger picture – Actor In Law! Nabeel Qureshi and Fizza Ali Meerza must be credited for bringing the two future Stars of the Pakistan film industry together. While Fahad was paired with Urwa Hocane in the movie, Mehwish danced on Billi to make her presence felt in what was billed as a Guest Appearance. Three years later, the two have become bigger stars and if all goes well they might end up as the lead pair of one of the most successful films produced in Pakistan.
Shahzad Sheikh – Ayesha Omar (Karachi Se Lahore, 2015)
They both had worked on TV extensively before trying their hand at films and when they did, it was magic. Wajahat Rauf introduced Shahzad Sheikh and Ayesha Omar in his debut flick as director and they did well, although Shahzad had played the antagonist in Main Hoon Shahid Afridi earlier. Ayesha even sang and danced on Tutti Frutti song which had the same impact on the viewers as Billi had 2 years back. Shahzad is working in his father’s Wujood whereas Ayesha can be seen in Yalghaarsometimes next year.
Sajal Ali – Feroze Khan (Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai, 2016)
Anjum Shahzad’s gamble with new cast seems to have paid off as he successfully introduces Feroze and Sajal to films with his latest movie. The family drama reminds one of the classic Urdu flicks of the Golden Era where everything is taken from real life examples. The fans of Sajal and Feroze will lead the audience this Eid who will waste no time to watch the progress of their favourite stars from TV to films.
Bilal Ashraf – Armeena Rana Khan (Janaan, 2016)
Then there is Janaan, the most beautiful flick produced in Pakistan in recent years. Not only does the cast comprise of beautiful faces, the lead pair is dreamy, hot and can act as well. The girls are all likely to go ga-ga over the tall and handsome Bilal Ashraf whereas Armeena Khan is all set to become the next big thing; the sweetheart of the nation. In every frame she is in, she looks gorgeous and takes your breath away. Support Pakistani cinema and you will be rewarded with beauty and amazing scenery of Swat in return!
Story first published: 15th September 2016
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